Caspian Tern Chick

A freshly hatched Caspian Tern Chick on Scarecrow Island.

  • Comprehensive Conservation Plan

    Refuge conservation plans are called “comprehensive conservation plans” (CCPs). The purpose of a CCP is to specify a management direction for the Refuge for the next 15 years. The goals, objectives, and strategies for improving Refuge conditions—including the types of habitat we will provide, partnership opportunities, and management actions needed to achieve desired conditions – are described in the CCP. The Service’s preferred alternative for managing the Refuge and its effects on the human environment, are described in the CCP as well.

    Michigan Islands National Wildlife Refuge was included in the Great Lakes Islands CCP which was completed in 2013 and is available for review online.

    Great Lakes Islands Comprehensive Conservation Plan

  • Habitat Management Plan

    The Habitat Management Plan attempts to justify current and future management actions based on our current but incomplete understanding of the natural world. Geographically relevant literature and data support the statement and proposed management actions.

    Habitat Management Plan for Harbor Island NWR, Huron NWR and Michigan Islands NWR

  • Inventory and Monitoring Plan

    This Inventory and Monitoring Plan for Seney, Harbor Island, Huron, and Michigan Islands National Wildlife Refuges and Kirtland's Warbler Wildlife Management Area is a step-down plan from the Habitat Management Plan (HMP). It documents the inventory and monitoring surveys that will be conducted from 2016 through 2031, or until the refuge's Comprehensive Conservation Plan and HMP are revised. The majority of surveys considered in this plan address resource management objectives identified in the HMP for this refuge. Other surveys are a continuation of past monitoring conducted for the purpose of understanding long-term trends in specific resources or are part of regional and national survey efforts.

    Seney National Wildlife Refuge and Satellites (Kirtland’s Warbler WMA, Harbor Island NWR, Huron NWR, and Michigan Islands NWR) Inventory and Monitoring Plan

  • National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act

    National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997: The NWRS Improvement Act defines a unifying mission for all refuges, including a process for determining compatible uses on refuges, and requiring that each refuge be managed according to a CCP. The NWRS Improvement  Act expressly states that wildlife conservation is the priority of System lands and that the Secretary shall ensure that the biological integrity, diversity, and environmental health of refuge lands are maintained. Each refuge must be managed to fulfill the specific purposes for which the refuge was established and the System mission. The first priority of each refuge is to conserve, manage, and if needed, restore fish and wildlife populations and habitats according to its purpose.

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